2 items from 2010
Saturday 9 October
BBC Election 70
9am, BBC Parliament
Repeat of the BBC's coverage of the 1970 election. Obviously, this doesn't have the suspense value of contemporary counts, as we know who wins – Edward Heath's Conservatives, in something of an upset of Harold Wilson's Labour party. However, watching old election coverage is an engaging and occasionally hilarious education in the broadcast technology and social mores of the period – with the opportunities for idiotic CGI japes limited, anchors are forced to fall back upon informed comment. Cliff Michelmore presents – or rather presented – with Robin Day, Ludovic Kennedy and David Dimbleby.
Britain's Biggest Book Prize: A Village Decides
Literary critics, who needs them? Always wibbling on about prose style while under-valuing plot, you'd get far more sense asking a bunch of people off the street. »
- Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Will Hodgkinson, Martin Skegg, Will Dean, Julia Raeside, John Robinson, David Stubbs
'CEO Coby discovers, for the first time it seems, that some women don't frequent Hooters'
Look, I'm fully aware that poking fun at American remakes of British reality shows is like shooting fish in a barrel. Actually, no, I take that back. It's like shooting one fish in a barrel while the theme tune to 24 plays in the background, then waiting for a narrator to boom, "Coming Up, the most Explosive fish-shooting you will Ever See!" And then sitting through a commercial break, and allowing the narrator to recap the first fish you shot, and then waiting even more for some decontextualised reaction shots from people who weren't even present at the fish shooting, and then going through the whole tedious rigmarole another five times, and then bursting into tears because it's the end of the episode and the producers require some sort of arbitrary yet heavy-handed emotional closure from you. »
- Stuart Heritage
2 items from 2010
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